Brookhaven, GA, January 25, 2016 – by Renee Turner, Staff Writer – Construction is underway for the new Skyland Trail’s Rollins Campus. Construction began May 2015 for the 3.5-acre development. The site will consist of the Young Adult Residence and Treatment Center located at 2860 Buford Highway, just south of the North Druid Hills Road intersection.
The Rollins Campus is part of Skyland Trail’s main location, Charles B. West Campus at 1961 North Druid Hills Road, NE, where 60 percent of the clients were young adults ages 18-26 and is reflective of a national trend of emerging college-age adults struggling with mood, thought disorders, and treatment seeking. Designed to spark young adult interest and learning, the site for the Rollins Campus will be home to a 24,000 square foot facility that consists of a 32-bed residential wing. It will have community, recreation and dining areas, gardens, and treatment spaces for young adults.
According to Beth Finnerty, President and CEO of Skyland Trail, “Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization. We help adults ages 18 and older struggling with psychiatric diagnoses – including major depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders – grow, recover and reclaim their lives.”
Finnerty says Skyland Trail is very thoughtful about their facilities and campuses. “We ensure that these physical spaces reflect our treatment philosophy, which is one of hope, respect, and the belief that recovery from mental illness is possible,” Finnerty told The Post. “The Rollins Campus continues this tradition, with indoor and outdoor environments designed to promote mindfulness, healing, healthy socialization, and active living.”
Skyland Trail opened in Brookhaven in 1989 as the George C. West Mental Health Foundation and offers residential and day treatment programs, and a typical client participates in our treatment program for an average of 8 to 12 weeks before returning home.
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects are the designers and New South Construction are the contractors of the new campus. Construction costs are estimated at just under $19 million including land, site development, construction and consultant fees. The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. Rollins Campus’ opening is scheduled for September, 2016.